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By MIKE MONTFORT  /  (Keith Speer photos)  --- James Jean-Marie recorded his third double-double of the season, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds while leading Navarro (9-1/1-0) to a 90-71 Region XIV opening victory Wednesday over the Lee Rebels. Coach Michael Landers' Bulldogs shot 48 percent from the floor and only committed six turnovers as they extended their winning streak to seven games. NC defeated Lee for a third consecutive meeting, and 5th in the last six. The Bulldogs secured their eighth straight win over the Rebels at The Wolens Special Events Center. Jean-Marie hit 8-of-14 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Of his 13 rebounds, 10 were defensive. The 6-7 sophomore transfer now has scored 20-plus points in six of his last eight games, and posted his fourth consecutive team-high rebounding game. Over the last four games, he's averaged 12 boards. Sophomore Shakem Johnson added 20 points from 10-of-16 shooting and cleared nine rebounds in the effort . Johnson scored 12 of his points during the first half when Navarro assumed a 46-42 lead. The Bulldogs went on an 16-4 run during the first five minutes of the second half. During an 11-2 start, they seized their first double-digit lead (55-44) by...

By MIKE MONTFORT Welcome to the grind of Region XIV basketball. The conference season starts tonight.  Season two. Navarro basketball is less than one month into the regular season. Call it nine playing dates.  The Bulldogs have been through one holiday period that's fast approaching the speed bump of semester exams before a breakaway stretch.  Through all the stops, starts, studies, stresses, returns and restarts, Region XIV conference's long season now is making its call. League play begins here at 7 pm Wednesday when the Lee Rebels (6-3) challenge coach Michael Landers' Bulldogs (8-1) on Lewis Orr Court at The Wolens Special Events Center.  Both teams bring six-game winning streaks as play begins for keeps and continues into March. Samples are small, but trends appear promising for the Bulldogs, which currently rank fourth in scoring (111.7 per game), fourth in field-goal-shooting percentage (56.6%), sixth in assists (24.3 per game) and 10th in steals (12.8 per game), according to NJCAA statistics Monday night. Navarro's cracked 100 points in seven games, including the last four in succession.  The Bulldogs scored 137 in their November 2 season opener.  They scored 115 in a three-overtime road win at Temple last week. NC's getting firepower from a number of sources, led by...

Navarro Volleyball will host a tryout at 9 am Thursday, December 6 at The Wolens Special Events Center, coach Ronda Shirley announced. Cost is $25, paid by cash, check or money order to Navarro Volleyball. Participants must fill out registration forms and liability waivers before tryouts.  Participants should wear a shirt with name or number on the back. Click on the pdf links below to access the sign-up sheet and the waiver: Navarro College Volleyball Tryout Form 2018 NAVARRO COLLEGE ATHLETIC TRYOUTS WAIVER...

By MIKE PHILLIPS / Corsicana Sun Navarro's incredible, breakthrough volleyball season is over. It ended on the national stage, a platform Navarro had never seen or been a part of before -- a place and pedestal that is sure to be a part of Navarro's future now. Navarro volleyball will never be the same. And that may be the statement that defines this season more than any other, far more than the Bulldogs' final match -- a 3-1 loss to Polk State in the consolation bracket at the Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, Ks, where the Bulldogs entered with so much hope and heart and left with an eighth-place finish. Eighth place in the nation can mean a lot of things. It's a place where disappointment and celebration mingle together in a unique dance for Navarro, which won so much more while suffering heartbreak. If you had told anyone at Navarro last year that the volleyball program, which won only six matches in 2016, would finish eighth in the nation they would have laughed and said you were crazy. But that's exactly what happened to the program once Hall of Fame coach Ronda Shirley took over. Six victories in 2016 turned into 65 over this remarkable,...

HUTCHINSON, Ks. -- Coach Jim Gush's Navarro Bulldogs (6-4) Wednesday morning accepted an invitation to play 13th-ranked Hutchinson (8-3) in the 10th Annual Salt City Bowl at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson, Ks., on December 1. The Bulldogs will be making their 20th bowl appearance, and first at the Salt City Bowl.  Kickoff is set for 1 pm CST. Navarro is 13-5-1 in bowl games, with a six-game winning streak. The Bulldogs last appeared in the 2013 Brazos Valley Bowl and defeated Hinds CC, Ms., 34-27, at Merrill Green Stadium in Bryan. NC's bowl winning streak began in 2007 with a 24-21 win over Georgia Military in the Pilgrim's Pride Bowl at Sam Parker Field in Mount Pleasant. Navarro won Heart of Texas Bowls in 2009, 2011 and 2012; and the Citizens Bank Bowl in Pittsburg, Ks., for the 2010 NJCAA Championship. The Bulldogs and Hutchinson have met twice previously. They played two seasons (2012 and 2013) in the old season-opening Kansas-SWJCFC Challenge Series. Navarro won 54-34 at Corsicana in 2012, and 41-16 at Hutchinson in 2013. Hutchinson will be making its 21st all-time bowl appearance -- their last eight in the Salt City Bowl.  The Blue Dragons are 11-7-2 in bowl games and 6-1 in the...